This is another one of those good things to file away. It is also environmentally friendly (at least to things other than ants). D.E. or Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occuring substance that will get in the joints of ants and do them in. Simply spread some on top of the ant hill and "Voila" they are gone!Diatoms are microscopic sea shells that are mined and used in a variety of products
D.E. also works very well as a dust bath for chickens when mixed with sand or fine soil. The same principle applies to any mites or whatever that decide they like to live on the birds.
It can be obtained from any farmer feed store. Just be sure to get the food grade D.E.
What I like about this is that there no pesticides or other bad things involved with getting rid of ants. Hence, it's good to use when small children or animals are around. Apparently, although I can't speak for it, it is a laxative also.
That's all for now!